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airbornninja

Dec 10, 2011, 1:33 AM
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Has anyone ever heard or seen these used? i saw an add on Facebook and they seem pretty cool. i was thinking with the smooth full face layout that it would work good with jumping/wingsuits.
*keep in mind ive yet to jump so work with me here*
i plan on getting one later next year

http://www.ruroc.com/store/


Premier DSE  (D 29060)

Dec 10, 2011, 8:14 AM
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Seeing your handles is pretty important. Do you think you can see your handles with this sort of full face?


Abedy  (D 10153)

Dec 10, 2011, 8:27 AM
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If you go for the full face option you might consider the following:
- serious one: your vision might be restricted -> problem (not only) in an emergency

- funny ones:
- if you choose the black one, you'll be referred to as "Darth Vader" or, even worse, "Dark Helmet"
- if you choose the white one, you'll be considered an Imperial Storm Trooper. Tongue


(This post was edited by Abedy on Dec 10, 2011, 8:28 AM)


Hellis

Dec 10, 2011, 9:25 AM
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It seems you have to remove the chincup to unbuckle the helmet.
In my opinion a helmet is something that should be easy to remove, with or without a camera.

And at some day you might want to have a dytter.

But, you should get one. I bet everyone at the DZ will get a laugh or two Laugh


PiLFy  (A License)

Dec 10, 2011, 1:31 PM
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Bad idea. $300 = (considerable) shipping from UK? It's designed for skiing, not having 120mph winds directed underneath it. None of the illustrations show a proper chin strap. Jump helmets have neoprene gauntlets underneath to keep the wind from lifting the thing off your head in freefall. That thing looks like it'll catch a lot of wind. Want to get an Audible one day? I doubt one will fit in there comfortably. Then, there's the restricted vision. Do you think you might want to be able to find your handles in an emergency? Some open-face ski helmets are used successfully, but nothing like that. Ski goggles allow more air to get through. They also catch more air. Do you wear contacts? Those goggles could cause dry eyes, & excessive lens fogging. They look too hot for the summer, anyway.

Skydiving isn't something where you want to reinvent the wheel. There are enough things that can reach out & hurt/kill you, already. Stick w/what's tried N true. But, if you must? Get this one: http://www.ruroc.com/.../team-lotus-replica/ At least it'll look good sitting on a shelf gathering dust...


Hellis

Dec 10, 2011, 2:10 PM
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http://www.ruroc.com/...e/1/rg-1/core/black/
Middle picture you can see the strap.


skydog  (D 567)

Dec 10, 2011, 2:37 PM
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Bad idea. $300 = (considerable) shipping from UK? It's designed for skiing, not having 120mph winds directed underneath it. None of the illustrations show a proper chin strap. Jump helmets have neoprene gauntlets underneath to keep the wind from lifting the thing off your head in freefall. That thing looks like it'll catch a lot of wind. Want to get an Audible one day? I doubt one will fit in there comfortably. Then, there's the restricted vision. Do you think you might want to be able to find your handles in an emergency? Some open-face ski helmets are used successfully, but nothing like that. Ski goggles allow more air to get through. They also catch more air. Do you wear contacts? Those goggles could cause dry eyes, & excessive lens fogging. They look too hot for the summer, anyway.

Skydiving isn't something where you want to reinvent the wheel. There are enough things that can reach out & hurt/kill you, already. Stick w/what's tried N true. But, if you must? Get this one: http://www.ruroc.com/.../team-lotus-replica/ At least it'll look good sitting on a shelf gathering dust...

A perfect example of thoughts versus reality!

Having jumped many different helmets, here is what it is actually like.

I have jumped one a few times and NONE of the above are correct. Apart from one, the most important thing, lack of peripheral and down vision, especially on landing. That is the only reason I don't jump it anymore. It looks cool as fcuk and performs really well in freefall but sucks for vision. Don't buy one, go for a traditional full face instead.


PiLFy  (A License)

Dec 10, 2011, 2:39 PM
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I still don't see it. Even so, it wouldn't change my opinion about the helmet. It's not suitable for the sport. Especially for a Newbie. Good for a laugh, though.


PiLFy  (A License)

Dec 10, 2011, 2:46 PM
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Really? That thing doesn't catch major air from underneath? It sure looks like it would. If not, fair enough, I stand corrected.

As far as looks go... Well, it is a number of things, but "Cool as F***" isn't one of them.


chuckakers  (D 10855)

Dec 10, 2011, 4:24 PM
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In reply to:
Has anyone ever heard or seen these used? i saw an add on Facebook and they seem pretty cool. i was thinking with the smooth full face layout that it would work good with jumping/wingsuits.
*keep in mind ive yet to jump so work with me here*
i plan on getting one later next year

http://www.ruroc.com/store/

These have very limited side-to-side range if visibility and almost none downward. Look at skydiving-specific full-face helmets and you will notice the one thing they all have in common is chin covers that don't come up very high and how wide the side-to-side visibility is.

A wide field of vision is absolutely necessary for skydiving and is one of the major considerations in choosing the right helmet.


Hellis

Dec 10, 2011, 10:29 PM
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Just curious as you say he is wrong on all points but down vision, does that mean you can fit a dytter in it?


skydog  (D 567)

Dec 11, 2011, 10:20 AM
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Just curious as you say he is wrong on all points but down vision, does that mean you can fit a dytter in it?

Yes, you can, it sits in the padding and is easily heard.

It doesn't catch air underneath nor any of the other "problems" but the vision issue is a major problem no matter the skill level.............


djmarvin  (D 22292)

Dec 12, 2011, 8:12 AM
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Ruroc sent me a Knight Moves (now known as the RG-1) a couple years ago to test for skydiving. I put several jumps on the helmet with and without the face mask and/or goggles.

The face mask DID catch air and pull on my head whenever my chin was exposed to the relative wind (sit and belly). I could not take the helmet on or off with the face mask attached.

I had no issues with vision with the helmet or face mask, but when I used their goggles I had very limited peripheral vision.

My Pro-Track sat nicely in pocket by the ear, but there needs to be a cover or some way to keep it there. It stays in place while on my head, but could easily fall out taking the helmet on and off.

The overall size of the helmet is rather large, but does offer more protection than the average skydiving helmet. I heard plenty of Dark Helmet jokes due to the LARGE outer shell of the helmet. The back of the helmet was no problem when jumping smaller rigs but when jumping larger rigs it limited how much I could raise my head.

Overall I like the helmet and think it is great for what is designed for, snow sports. It would need some modifications to really make it in the world of skydiving.


airbornninja

Dec 13, 2011, 8:58 PM
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Overall I like the helmet and think it is great for what is designed for, snow sports. It would need some modifications to really make it in the world of skydiving.
This is what i was looking for,thanks. i had seen videos on youtube but you can never really tell by watching.



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